Founder’s Message

Bienvenidos!

Welcome to Nursing Heart! My name is Ron Noecker, founder and executive director. Thank you for your interest.

Nursing Heart was founded with the desire to help myself and fellow nurses keep our hearts in the work of caring for others. I have found that if an “awakening” to this kind of care is needed, there is nothing like coming to Guatemala and receiving the kindness that can be found in this culture. The people we work with have nothing yet they open their hearts to visitors with smiles, kindness and a deep appreciation for whatever help we can offer.

Cervical cancer is the number one cancer killer in Guatemala. It is challenging for us from the USA to grapple with this reality. But we are trying to do our part to prevent this from happening to any woman we screen. While we help with screenings we also offer primary care to families. We love welcoming non-licensed students and introducing them to the work of non-governmental organizations and allowing them to help us in ways that are appropriate such as primary school wellness checks and stove installations. Each year we open our rosters to anyone who wants to help offer service to foster community health.

My first 18 years of caring for others were spent in the Church of the Archdiocese of Omaha. Feeling called in mid-life to a wider world, I found myself in Guatemala trying to discern what that meant. When I decided to go to nursing school at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, I promised myself that I would return to Guatemala to offer what I could to help with the very evident needs of the people of the country. I have been so blessed through these experiences. Though we are not a religious organization, I believe the forces of Divine Love continue to help our efforts to unfold. I hope you will join us.

Peace,